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Cheryl

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Barbarra Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

    Melanie says: "Beautiful Tragedy"
    "A Classic Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Read this in high school for a book report, listened to it again in my 40's for a much different perspective. Nothing like a good Edith Wharton character study whenever I'm in the mood for Old New York.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3072)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Another Great Read by Kate Morton"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    There are so many intricate things about The Forgotten Garden that seemed to tie in together, there are probably some things I missed the first time where if I read again I'll undoubtedly go


    What did you like best about this story?

    Secret gardens, a mystery from the past, romance, far away lands, what's not to like?


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee's imitation of American accents crack me up! Especially the American tourist in the Art Museum asking Ruby if there is a cafe within the museum, much to Ruby's chagrin. Makes me wonder what Australians and Brits really think of Americans.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book was much too long and a bit too wordy to want to listen to in one setting, yet I knew not to wait too long or else I would forget all of the details.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Morton is one of my newer faves. Although I preferred The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden was quite good in its own right. I love this particular genre and wish there was more literature like it. Bravo to Kate Morton who can tell a captivating story without relying on foul language, graphic sex, and other gimmicks which unfortunately is rather prevalent in today's literature. The story truly stands on its own, the sign of an excellent writer! Looking forward to many more Kate Morton novels in the years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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